Heather Tucker

United States of America
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Heather is currently a PhD Student in Gender Comparative Studies, with a focus in Social and Cultural Anthropology. She began her PhD at CEU following her MA in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex, Brighton, with academic honors. Her previous research experience includes participatory research with sexual and gender minority refugees (self identified) as a Research Associate with the Refugee Law Project of Makerere School of Law in Kampala, and working as a Research Assistant with the Institute of Development Studies Sexuality Programme. She most recently completed 8 months of ethnographic research in Accra, Ghana, while also working as a visiting researcher at the Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana, and the Human Rights Advocacy Centre, both based in Accra. Heather is also an affiliated researcher with the Centre for the Study of Culture and Gender at the University of Ghent, Belgium.

Heather's current academic interests include:

Affect, Intimacy, Masculinities, Erotic Subjectivity, Digital Cultures, Globalization, NGOization, Biopolitics, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Black Feminist Theory, Post colonial/De Colonial Theory, Queer and Feminist Ethnographic Methods, Critical Development Studies

Publications include:

• 2018. "A Man With Boundaries: Female Masculinities, Technology and Counter publics in Urban Accra" in Gender and Sexuality in Africa Handbook, Routledge: Abingdon (forthcoming)

• 2017. "Why Should There Be Spaces for Queer Women, Led By Queer Women?" Bliss Blog of ISS on Global Development and Social Justice. 2017. International Institute of Social Sciences: The Hague, Netherlands

• 2015. (Co-author and Reviewer) LGBT Rights: A Handbook for Advocacy and Empowerment: 2015. Human Rights Advocacy Centre: Accra, Ghana http://www.hracghana.org/images/PDF/HRAC_LGBT_Handbook_2015%20Edition.pdf

• 2015. Graham, Mark, Boyce, Paul, Engebretsen, Elisabeth L, Gonzalez-Polledo, E J, Hendriks, Thomas, Hossain, Adnan, Posocco, Silvia, Riley, Taylor, Renkin, Hadley Z and Tucker, Heather (2015) Anthropologists are talking about queer anthropology. Ethnos, 81 (2). pp. 364-377. ISSN 0014-1844

• 2014. “Queer Necropolitics and Embodiment in Africa: Thinking Through the Euro-Center.” Ethnographies of Gender and the Body. LOVA Journal 35. LOVA Network: The Netherlands Society for Gender Studies and Feminist Anthropology

• 2012. Director and Producer, “Out of the Box”, A Refugee Law Project Film, http://youtu.be/V3C4z8M8998

• 2012. Director and Producer, “Narratives of Change”, A Men Mobilizing Men Programme and Refugee Law Project Film, http://youtu.be/DbAr4gTa1kE


BA Women's Studies with an International Focus, Minor in Francophone Studies, Humboldt State University, California (2008)
MA Gender and Development, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK (2012)